Will Johnston

I’m not looking for you to bench press a specific number (unless that’s your current goal), but I am looking for PMA – Positive Mental Attitude!

Hyatt Training Portland personal trainer Will Johnston
Hyatt Training Portland personal trainer Will Johnston

Hyatt Training Portland personal trainer Will Johnston

Will Johnston

Personal Trainer

Personality: Disciplined, inquisitive, honest, empathetic

Certifications: StrongFirst SFG1 Kettlebell Instructor, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, graduate of the 12-week Hyatt Training internship program

Education:McNally Smith College of Music AAS Recording Engineering

Proudest athletic achievements:Taking first place in several ‘Alley-Cat’ fixed gear bike races

About me

I’m now personal training after spending the last decade managing an independent vinyl record store. I’d always enjoyed exercise, but when I was introduced to “functional fitness” and kettlebells, I became focused on the idea of building strength in the service of everyday life. I’m also a guitarist, and one day at band practice it dawned on me that half the musicians I knew struggled to move around their own equipment and had a tendency to take very poor care of themselves. I became a personal trainer because I wanted to help people live their healthiest life possible.

Often times people want to improve their fitness, but they struggle with how to change existing behaviors or how to find the path that will best achieve their goals. Being a trainer allows me to help people navigate their journey by providing direction, support and accountability.

My ideal client is someone who has decided to make positive changes in their life‚ regardless of where they are on the fitness spectrum, and who is committed to doing the work. It doesn’t matter to me if we’re restoring shoulder mobility or working on a squat PR, as long as you’ve got a positive attitude about improving and a desire to put in work.


My specialties are endurance and strength training, fitness for golf and tennis, injury prevention, rehabilitation, weight loss, muscle gain, boot camps, sports-specific training and confidence building. I like to focus on building strength that is well suited for the situations you encounter in your daily life. Kettlebell training is a particular focus of mine; I feel few things are as simple and effective at building functional strength and lean muscle.


With training as with life, it’s all about preparation and dedication. Know what your desired outcome is, how you plan to get there and, most importantly, follow through with the work. Every day contains countless opportunities to move towards a better version of yourself—the key is to recognize and take advantage of them.

You can’t (and won’t) get to your goals immediately. Everything worth achieving takes time. But along the way, you’ll have many smaller accomplishments to celebrate. Relish every session where you squeeze out a new level of performance, and give your body the rest and care it deserves for the hard work.

Outside the gym

I’m a product of the Midwest, but I’m a bit of a roamer. I was born in Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!), grew up in Minnesota and spent the last five years in Chicago before moving to Portland in 2017. My wife Caitlin and I write music together under the name HLY MTN. When we’re not in the basement writing, we’re usually out looking for adventure with our 9-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier, Digital. I strive for balance in all areas of life, from watching football and drinking IPAs to discussing esoteric philosophy and meditating.